What follows is a brief but informative summary of rules, procedures, and filings requirements for small claims court in Connecticut. Keep in mind that rules and laws change. It’s always a good idea to confirm the rules with the court or with further research.
Maximum Jurisdictional Dollar Amount: The maximum dollar amount is $5,000 (except in landlord-tenant security deposit claims).
Where Suit May Be Brought: Case may be brought where the defendant resides, does business or where injury occurred. Contract cases may be brought where the breach occurred or obligation incurred. Landlord/Tenant Where premises are located.
Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by registered or certified mail, sheriff, peace officer, disinterested adult.
How the Hearing Date Is Selected: The hearing date is set by the court.
Attorney Representation Rule: Attorneys are allowed. Attorneys are required for corporations.
Special Provisions Regarding Transfer or Jurisdiction of Cases: If defendant has a counterclaim over $3500 and requests and the court approves, the case may be heard according to regular civil procedure of Superior Court.
Availability of Appeals: Appeals are not allowed.
Special Rules and Notes: No injunctive relief is available in small claims court. Small claims court cannot hear libel or slander cases, or reputational damage cases. Litigants may submit the matter to County Commissioner for binding decision. Small claims court cannot hear eviction cases.
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